Draft Rankings for 2011

In the 2011 draft, two teams pretty much swept the draft starting from the second round. Find out who did well and who did not in this article.
by Sylvain Tremblay | April 10, 2022, 3:05 PM ET

The methodology used to produce the draft rankings for 2011 was the same as the one used for 2016. If you missed it and you are interested in knowing how the ranks were determined, please check out that article.

For 2011, the top five teams were:

1.       Acadia Golden Bears

The Bears had many great drafts over the year. In 2011, it was their time to end up at the top of the rankings. That year, they made a staggering 25 selections in the draft, which was about 14% of all players drafted. Out of those 25 players, 11 played over 100 pro games with 7 others appeared from 1 to 83 times in the best hockey league on the planet. Considering the massive number of successful players, we will focus on the best selections from Guy in that draft. In the first round, Sean Couturier ended up living up to his 4th selection rank. Later in the first, at 18, J.T. Miller has turned out into a great top-6 player as well. The Bears also scored a homerun when they picked Johnny Gaudreau at 144. Other noteworthy selections were Scott Mayfield at 29, Joel Edmundson at 44, Adam Lowry at 55 and Michael Ferland at 122. That’s a third of a team in just one single draft. Well done.

2.       New York Empire

In contrast with the Bears, the New York Empire only had five selections, three first rounders and two third rounders. They had an impressive success rate because all their selections became pros except their last one at 69. The three forwards they selected with the 8th, the 24th and the 67th pick all stand out as great value selections: Mika Zibanejad, Brandon Saad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Their top selection was a bit of a mixed bag but has been useful if not a bit underwhelming since they picked Adam Larsson with the 3rd overall selection.

3.       St. Louis Spartans

The Spartans ended up third in 2011. They had eight picks but only three of them under 100. Their top pick at 47 was a success when St. Louis called Phillip Danault’s name. Their other better success story happened with their selection at 102 in Blake Coleman. They also selected two other players who have seen pro action over 300 times with their 51st and 138th selections when they added Brett Ritchie and Mike Reilly.

4.       Nova Scotia Schooners

The Schooners also had the honors of ending up in the top 5 for 2011. While their top selection didn’t pan out, when they picked Nicklas Jensen at 22, they hit two homeruns later in the draft. The first one happened in the second round with their 46th selection, when they drafted Nikita Kucherov. With their last selection, at 134, they went with Fredrik Andersen who has proven himself over time. They also drafted two other players that played over 200 pro games with their 40th and 64th selections in Dmitri Jaskin and Scott Harrington.

5.       Reykjavik Riders

The Riders close the top 5 for 2011. They mostly had success with two of their three first rounders and then with their second rounder in the draft. With their top pick, at 6, they grabbed Mark Scheifele. Then, at the end of the first, they added Boone Jenner at 28 after making a mistake at 25 with the selection of Zack Phillips. At the end of the second round, at 54, they drafted Matt Nieto who proved to be a good depth player over his career. The Riders also picked Josh Leivo at 106 who’s had some success over his career.

Honorable mentions:

The Havana Revolution were right behind the Riders and the Schooners. A fair bit behind Havana, two more teams stood out: the Ottawa Slammers and the Kansas City Krunch.

The Revolution were close to making the top 5. Like the Riders, most of their success came at the top of the draft. In the first round, at 5, they selected Jonathan Huberdeau. Then, in the second round, they followed that selection with Connor Murphy at 30. In the third, they got a useful player in Nick Cousins at 82. The rest of their draft was mostly misses.

The Slammers top selection at 14 in the first round didn’t live up to his lofty selection rank. Indeed, Matt Puempel had a disappointing career. Ottawa made up for that poor selection with a much better one in the third round, at 68, in William Karlsson. The Slammers also did well in selecting Jesper Fast later in the draft at 140.

The Krunch had the top pick in 2011. They selected Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s been good but not exceptional. They followed with another good selection at 27 in Vladislav Namestnikov. Their five other picks didn’t have much success though.

Poor performers:

Three teams were identified as poor performers for 2011: the Calgary Mustangs, the Philadelphia Fire Ants, and the Quebec Canons.

The Calgary Mustangs had five picks in the 2011 draft, starting with the 32nd pick in the second round, when they drafted Lucas Lessio. Their most successful selection was Alan Quine with their 58th selection, who was able to hang around the pro league for a bit more than 100 games.

The Fire Ants also had five picks in that draft. Their best selection was done at the end of the first round, with pick 26, when they selected Ty Rattie. Guess what happened to their other four selections?

The Canons had six picks for their part, all within the top 100. At 10, they had the misfortune of calling out Sven Bartschi. Their only other selection who has seen significant time at the pro level was done at 75 when they added Laurent Brossoit.

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